Hello, my name is Lizeth. I live in San Diego, CA. I have 5 years experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because it's an amazing job to work with disabled people, with older people, with people that need my help. I enjoy helping them, giving them my company, eating with them, helping them with whatever they need. I work with people where I change them, help them, feed them and it was amazing to give, to do that, to help them in something they can't do anymore and it's just a blessing. It's a blessing to be there and working with these people. They're amazing, and it becomes like a bonding, like more like a family. Once you get to know them and they get to know you, there's like a bonding with those people. I just enjoy every single day that I work with people like that and I can't wait to work again with people like that. It's amazing. It's amazing to work with people that need that help and that we're able to give that help and I enjoy. I wouldn't change for nothing or as a caregiver, I wouldn't change it at all. I would do it again. It's something unbelievable. When you help somebody, it makes you happy just to do it for them and then you get to bond with those people all the time, all the time because it's amazing to do with people like that.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice is to always keep supervision. Supervise them, if they need help, if there's anything they need. Give them your attention in everything they need because you're there to help them. Not only to help them, it's to be there for them as family. That's what it is and give all your heart to that job.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Ephraim. He was always a grouchy man. He was in a wheelchair. He had a heart stroke and he was older man and his nurse and every-- they were so scared all the time. He was always grouchy,but I always made him laugh. Even when he had to eat, I made him laugh. They were like, "Oh, he doesn't eat," and I remember when they said, "Oh, you're not going to make him eat," and I'm like, "Oh, well, I'm going to try." and that was the first time I tried, I told him, "Come on, you can eat. You know you need to eat. It's good for your health. It's going to make your muscles great, you know." and he would make a face like, "No." Then I'm like, "Come on." He just like took the first bite and they're like, "How did you make him eat?" and I was like, "Well, I really care for these people. I really care for them and I really care for him and they know when you really care with the heart." So I started feeding him and then gave him his juice and they were surprised that he ate because he was really always grouchy but then I started making him laugh and there was a bond between me and him. He enjoyed when I would have to feed him when it was lunchtime, when I had to clean him. That's somebody I would not forget.